Marty Schoenleber

Marty and Stephnie were married in 1984, while on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (now CRU). Their first 7 years of marriage were spent in San Bernardino, CA where Marty served at the International School of Theology and Stephnie served the Campus ministry and the personnel department. Marty had an administrative post but gradually worked on a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and then a Master of Divinity in Exposition and Teaching and began to lecture at the Seminary. In 1990, Marty was called as a church planter to plant “a multi-ethnic church planting church” in the suburbs of Chicago. Over the next 20 years, New Song Church became a church of 23 countries of birth, planted seven churches and grew to about 650 regular attenders. In 2008, Marty left New Song to work as a district church-planting consultant. In 2012, he became the pastor of a multi-site church in rural Watseka, IL. And in 2016, Marty left there to become our pastor at Manchester Creek. Marty serves as our primary teacher, vision caster and one-to-one discipleship coordinator. Marty and Stephnie have three children, Meredith Aldrin (husband, Dan), lives in Illinois and serves as the children’s ministry coordinator at a church there. She and Dan have two children. Marty III (wife, Anna) works for InterVarsity Press and is an aspiring writer with three books published so far. Aubre, their second daughter, lives in Illinois as well and currently works for Starbucks.

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Darren Weldon

Darren has served as the Associate Pastor of Worship since August of 2016. Prior to his time at Manchester Creek he served in various churches in the Carolinas as a youth pastor, worship pastor, interim pastor and small group pastor. He and his wife Julie were married in 2003, 6 months after Darren completed a Master of Divinity degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. For the past 10 years, Darren has also been working full time as a child and family counselor in Rock Hill. Darren and Julie have one daughter, Kara, who is in the 3rd grade.

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Rachel Ness

Being raised in Africa as the eldest daughter of Wycliffe missionaries, Rachel has a heart for serving people and helping them come to know and understand the love of Jesus. She graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Social Work and began working to recruit and license foster families. From there she moved into working in adoptions with Christian Family Services. During that time, the Lord called Rachel and her husband, Erik (also a Missionary Kid), back to overseas ministry. They served in Kenya and Tanzania for almost 12 years with Food for the Hungry and Care of Creation in agricultural and community development ministries. They are now living back in South Carolina where Erik operates a home remodeling business and Rachel works at the church and has a real estate business. They have 3 children, ages 18,14 and 10. Though they hope to some day be directly involved in Missions again, they are confident the Lord has them here for this time in their lives.

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